by Susan M. Lefler
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Then & Now series
is Brevard from local author Susan M. Lefler. The book boasts more
than 200 vintage and modern images, comparing the town’s past
to its present.
The North Carolina legislature established Transylvania County in
1861, just as the Civil War began. Although land was donated for the
new county seat, Brevard was not incorporated until 1868. The arrival
of the railroad in 1894 made possible a burgeoning logging industry
and an increase in tourism.
Highlights of Brevard:
• Civic life and services
• Birth and death of industry
• Tourism and sport
• Education and the arts
• Homes and churches
Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history.
Arcadia’s Then & Now series makes such local comparisons
available. Books in this series offer a special view of American life,
placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.
Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional
history in the United States. Their mission is to make history accessible
and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of
America’s people and places. Have they done a book on your town?
Susan M. Lefler, a Brevard resident for over thirty years, explores
a city that has developed an interest in historic restoration and
has continued to thrive after the loss of its major industries.
December 5, 2011
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by Susan Lefler
Instead of drawing edges / draw the heart
of the thing: thus opens the first poem of Susan Lefler's Rendering
the Bones. Lefler sets up a serious imperative for her reader, and
honestly so, since throughout this deeply moving and exquisitely
crafted book, she never fails to follow her own advice. Lefler moves
easily between a world of broken umbrellas, mad old roosters, stubborn
warts and a darker world of earthquakes, hurricanes, the poignant
deaths of her own mother and father. I have long awaited a full-length
collection by this fine poet. Rendering the Bones is even more deeply
satisfying than I imagined.
- Cathy Smith Bowers
Rendering the Bones is a living mandala that
opens and opens at its center in an endless dance of disappearance,
transformation and reappearance, "drawing life from so far
back it's new." These poems hold together with a tenderness
that dissolves the boundaries between the world we're given to know
and the one we are not…. "What is it like to crawl / from
your own mouth / leaving crystal tangles on the floor?" the
voice of the collection asks a snake at large in an abandoned house,
and the poems themselves answer - the earth quakes and we can only
"continue to breathe / and plead / and shake."
- Diane Gilliam
In a time when writing poetry seems to be
more about self-promotion than art, Susan Lefler's first collection
of poems brings us gently back to the transformation that happens
when poetry becomes a way of rendering one's life.… Rendering
the Bones achieves what the late Richard Hugo claimed was the bottom
line for any poem - believability. The reader trusts these poems,
knowing they contain no empty air, rather the human breath itself
rendering the things of this world and their mysteries through language.
- Kathryn Stripling Byer
Rendering the Bones (Wind Publications)
ISBN 978-1-936138-30-2 $15.00
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Review copies available upon request. E-mail [email protected]
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Brevard, North Carolina, "land of waterfalls," is tucked
into a lush valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Brevard was founded
as the county seat of Transylvania County in 1861, the year that
North Carolina seceded from the Union. Wealthy families from South
Carolina's Lowcountry had long summered in the mountains and, even
after the war, the region maintained its powerful pull. The arrival
of the railroads brought tourists to Brevard from all over the country-including
Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone-and the logging
industry attracted entrepreneurs who made their fortunes here. Brevard
reveals the city's rich heritage through a gallery of images: baptism
in an icy river, an ostrich race on Main Street, a moonshine still.
In these pages, the reader can visit grist mills, waterfalls, and
exquisite hotels, explore the booming logging industry, relive parades
and downtown scenes, and read the intriguing stories of local folks.
Having lived in Brevard for 27 years, author
Susan M. Lefler has had ample opportunity to discover what makes
it unique. Her play The Twelfth Star was produced at Brevard Music
Center in 1987 as part of Transylvania County's celebration of the
bicentennial of the United States Constitution. Her work, both poetry
and fiction, has appeared in numerous journals and she has been
a writer and editor for Smoky Mountain Living magazine.
About this copy:
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date published: 02/2004